Dodgers News: Yordan Alvarez Was Once Part Of A Trade Mistake By Dodgers GM
It happens to the best of us. People make mistakes and even if you are Farhan Zaidi, a former General Manager for the Dodgers, and this mistake almost had Yordan Alvarez stay on the Dodgers.
Well not quite, Alvarez was on the verge of being traded anyways, but Zaidi thought Astros President of Operations Jeff Lunhow was talking about a different player in Yadier Alvarez (via Jorge Castillo, Los Angeles Times).
“Jeff Luhnow, the Astros’ president of baseball operations at the time, sent a text to Farhan Zaidi, then the Dodgers’ general manager, asking whether “Y. Two people who knew the situation claim that Alvarez was on the table. Zaidi thought Luhnow meant Yadier Alvarez, a pitcher from Cuba they had signed for $16 million less than a year earlier. The answer was a resounding yes. Luhnow was actually asking about Yordan and not Yadier. “
One simple mishap was almost enough to completely throw off the deal, but Yordan eventually found his way on the Astros roster after a brief moment with the Dodgers organization academy in the Dominican Republic in 2016. Yordan has been playing in the majors since 2019 and this season earned his first All-Star appearance in his career.
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All that’s left for the Dodgers now is what could have been, but instead Dodgers fans get to watch the Astros in the World Series with a guy who was once apart of their roster once upon a time. It took awhile, but Yordan is now one of the best hitters in baseball finishing the regular season with 37 home runs and 97 RBI’s.
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